Battleships of Japan
Fuji class - Ordered from Britain in response to China's purchase of two German-built battleships.
Shikishima class - Ordered from Britain as part of Japan's 1896 Ten Year Naval Expansion Programme, the layout was similar to the Royal Navy's Majestic class.
Kashima class - Also built by Britain, the Kashima class carried a heavy secondary battery of four 10-inch guns.
Mikasa - The last battleship laid down under the 1896 Ten Year Naval Expansion Programme, she was built by Britain.
Satsuma class - The first battleships built by Japan, most of the parts were imported from Britain.
Kawachi class - Japan's first Dreadnought battleships, only 20 percent of the parts were imported.
Kongo class - Japan's first battlecruisers, Kongo was ordered from Britain and the rest were built in Japan.
Fuso class - Armed with twelve Japanese made 14-inch guns, both Fuso class battleships were finally lost in the last battleship verses battleship action at Surigao Strait.
Ise class - Like the Fuso class, armed with twelve 14-inch guns in six twin turrets, they were later converted into hybrid battleship-aircraft-carriers.
Nagato class - When new, the world's most powerful battleships, Mutsu was destroyed by an accidental explosion. Nagato survived the war to be sunk in an American atom bomb test.
Yamato class - Constructed in secret, they were the largest battleships ever built. Both units were sunk by massive air attack.
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